Interview with T. Greenwood by T.C. Porter

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Author Interviews, Blog, Fresh Ink | Comments Off on Interview with T. Greenwood by T.C. Porter

T. Greenwood returns with another stunning novel, The Forever Bridge. It opens with family car-ride that is both vivid and ambiguously rendered. We only know that the car rolls toward someone’s doom. During the rest of the novel we race to catch up with the question of just what happened on the bridge and how things have gotten so tangled for the survivors. And yet there is just enough hint of redemption, by way of love, to give us hope as well as curiosity, as we continue toward a rewarding conclusion.

Greenwood, a central character in the teaching cast at San Diego Writers, Ink, reads from The Forever Bridge, her ninth novel, on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Ave. The event page.

T. C. Porter: So, tell me about this book of yours!

T. Greenwood: The Forever Bridge is about a reclusive mother, a little girl obsessed with bridges, and a teen-aged runaway on her way home.

TCP: How do you recall writing this novel? Where did it begin? When did you begin writing? How was the process in itself and in relation to your past books?

TG: A few summers ago, when we were in Vermont (where we spend a month every summer), I drove past a trailer that had been spray-painted: “KEEP OUT GARD [sic] DOGS 24-7.” It was so startling, so strange. Whoever lived there had spray-painted their home. And something sparked. I wanted to go inside that trailer, to meet the person who lived there, and understand what would drive someone to such extremes. I was also obsessed with Hurricane Irene’s impact on Vermont. I also envisioned a precocious little girl who, after losing her brother in an accident on a covered bridge, becomes obsessed with bridges. Starting a book for me is always about obsessions and questions. Who lives in that house? What was she afraid of? What would happen if a storm came and threatened her self-imposed exile from the world?

TCP: I always love to see the buzz that surrounds a new book, and as your readers grow, it gets more exciting each time.

TG: I am so grateful for the people who read my work, and especially to those who take the time to communicate with me about it. Writing is such a lonely endeavor. It’s such a treat to hear from someone to whom your words have resonance.

TCP: How did you get involved at San Diego Writers, Ink, and how has it impacted your writing life?

TG: I have been teaching at SDWI since we moved back to San Diego in 2010. I knew Judy Reeves well and reached out to her when I found out that SDWI was operating again.

TCP: How are you involved with SDWI at this time? Writing community is so important as we could call it essential, wouldn’t you say?

TG: I currently run three Read & Critique groups and lead the Novel Writing Certificate series. I love teaching and sharing my experiences with aspiring writers. It also makes me feel more connected to the writing community in San Diego.

TCP: And how do you recommend people get plugged in there?

TG: Sign up for a workshop! Try it out. SDWI is a warm and welcoming place for writers of all levels of experience.

Tammy GreenwoodT. Greenwood’s ninth novel, The Forever Bridge, publishes on Feb. 24. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Five of her novels have been BookSense76/IndieBound picks, and her short stories have been published in Quarterly West, Western Humanities Review, and Numero Cinq. Two Rivers was named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards, and This Glittering World was a finalist for the same award in 2012. She teaches creative writing for The Writer’s Center and San Diego Writers, Ink. She and her husband, Patrick, live in San Diego, CA with their two daughters. She is also a photographer. Her eighth novel, Bodies of Water, was published in the fall of 2013.

TC-Porter-150x150T.C. Porter edits UPENDER (art of consequence dot net), and volunteers for SDWI. His unpublished novel, The Maculate Conception of Wally Maas, lingers. More at tcporter.com.

Watch for an excerpt of T. Greenwood’s The Forever Bridge, at UPENDER onFeb. 23.